Ting Kei Pong (T. K. Pong)
I am currently an assistant professor at Department of Applied Mathematics, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
This is my CV.
Background
I received my Bachelor degree in 2004 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Mathematics.
I got my MPhil degree in 2006 in the same department under the supervision of Professor Kung Fu Ng.
I started my PhD study in 2006 in Department of Mathematics of University of Washington, under the supervision of Professor Paul Tseng.
After the disappearance of Professor Tseng, I was coadvised by Professor Maryam Fazel and Professor Rekha Thomas.
I was in Simon Fraser University from July 2010 to March 2011 working with Professor Zhaosong Lu as a visiting researcher.
I got my PhD degree in June 2011. From June 2011 to July 2013, I was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Waterloo, under the mentorship of Professor Stephen Vavasis
and Professor Henry Wolkowicz. From July 2013 to July 2014, I was a PIMS postdoctoral fellow at University of British Columbia,
working with Professor Michael Friedlander.
I joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Aug 1st, 2014.
Teaching
I am teaching AMA1006 and coteaching AMA502 (with Dr Zhen Pang) in semester 1, 201718.
Research Interest
Broadly speaking: Continuous optimization
Current focus:
 Convex relaxations;
 Firstorder methods for largescale (convex or nonconvex) problems;
Other interests:
 Constraint qualifications for convex optimization.
 Statistical computation;
 Robust optimization.
Preprints

Iteratively reweighted l_{1} algorithms with extrapolation (with Peiran Yu) Submitted Oct 2017. code Updated on Nov 18, 2017: fixing bugs in termination criteria.

A successive differenceofconvex approximation method for a class of nonconvex nonsmooth optimization problems (with Tianxiang Liu and Akiko Takeda) Submitted Oct 2017. code

A nonmonotone alternating updating method for a class of matrix factorization problems (with Xiaojun Chen and Lei Yang) Submitted May 2017. Codes available at Lei Yang's webpage
Publications

A proximal differenceofconvex algorithm with extrapolation (with Xiaojun Chen and Bo Wen) To appear in Comput. Optim. Appl. code DOI 10.1007/s1058901799541.

Calculus of the exponent of KurdykaLojasiewicz inequality and its applications to linear convergence of firstorder methods (with Guoyin Li)
To appear in Found. Comput. Math. DOI 10.1007/s1020801793668. See also the ArXiv version for more details to the proof of Theorem 4.1.

PeacemanRachford splitting for a class of nonconvex optimization problems (with Guoyin Li and Tianxiang Liu)
Comput. Optim. Appl. 68, 2017, pp. 407436. code

Twostage stochastic variational inequalities: an ERMsolution procedure (with Xiaojun Chen and Roger Wets)
Math. Program. 165, 2017, pp. 71111.

Further properties of the forwardbackward envelope with applications to differenceofconvex programming (with Tianxiang Liu)
Comput. Optim. Appl. 67, 2017, pp. 489520. code Codes further optimized and updated on June 26, 2016.

Linear convergence of proximal gradient algorithm with extrapolation for a class of nonconvex nonsmooth minimization problems (with Xiaojun Chen and Bo Wen)
SIAM J. Optim. 27, 2017, pp. 124145.

Alternating direction method of multipliers for a class of nonconvex and nonsmooth problems with applications to background/foreground extraction (with Xiaojun Chen and Lei Yang) SIAM J. Imaging Sci. 10, 2017, pp. 74110.

Penalty methods for a class of nonLipschitz optimization problems (with Xiaojun Chen and Zhaosong Lu) SIAM J. Optim. 26, 2016, pp. 14651492. code A bug in the code Lp_proj is fixed on March 6, 2017.

DouglasRachford splitting for nonconvex optimization with application to nonconvex feasibility problems (with Guoyin Li) Math. Program. 159, 2016, pp. 371401. code

Eigenvalue, quadratic programming, and semidefinite programming relaxations for a cut minimization problem (with Hao Sun, Ningchuan Wang and Henry Wolkowicz)
Comput. Optim. & Appl. 63, 2016, pp. 333364. code

Global convergence of splitting methods for nonconvex composite optimization (with Guoyin Li)
SIAM J. Optim. 25, 2015, pp. 24342460.

Gauge optimization and duality (with Michael Friedlander and Ives Macedo) SIAM J. Optim. 24, 2014 pp. 19992022.

The generalized trust region subproblem
(with Henry Wolkowicz) Comput. Optim. & Appl. 58, 2014, pp. 273322. code

Robust least square semidefinite programming with applications
(with Guoyin Li and Alfred Ka Chun Ma) Comput. Optim. & Appl. 58, 2014, pp. 347379. code

Computing optimal experimental designs via interior point method
(with Zhaosong Lu) SIAM J. Matrix Anal. A. 34, 2013, pp. 15561580. code

Hankel matrix rank minimization with applications in system identification and realization
(with Maryam Fazel, Defeng Sun and Paul Tseng) SIAM J. Matrix Anal. A. 34, 2013, pp. 946977. code

An alternating
direction method for finding Dantzig selectors (with Zhaosong Lu and Yong
Zhang) Comput. Stat. Data An. 56, 2012, pp. 40374946. ADMDS
package

Edgebased
semidefinite programming relaxation of sensor network localization with lower
bound constraints Comput. Optim. & Appl. 53, 2012, pp. 2344. code

Comparing SOS and SDP relaxations of sensor network localization (with Joao Gouveia) Comput. Optim. & Appl. 52, 2012, pp. 609627. code

Minimizing condition number via convex programming (with Zhaosong Lu) SIAM J. Matrix
Anal. A. 32, 2011, pp. 11931211. code

(Robust)
Edgebased semidefinite programming relaxation of sensor network localization
(with Paul Tseng) Math. Program. 130, 2011, pp. 321358. code

Trace
norm regularization: reformulations, algorithms, and multitask learning
(with Paul Tseng, Shuiwang Ji and Jieping Ye) SIAM J. Optim. 20, 2010, pp.
34653489. code

Constraint
qualifications for convex inequality systems with applications in constrained
optimization (with Chong Li and K. F. Ng) SIAM J. Optim. 19, 2008, pp.
163187.

The SECQ,
linear regularity, and the strong CHIP for an infinite system of closed
convex sets in normed linear spaces (with Chong Li and K. F. Ng) SIAM J.
Optim. 18, 2007, pp. 643665.
Education Related Papers

Social resistance (with Michael Friedlander and Nathan Krislock) Comput. Sci. Eng. 18(2), 2016, pp. 98103.
Talks

The workshop on Variational Analysis and Stochastic Optimization (Dec 1112, 2017), Iteratively reweighted l_{1} algorithms with extrapolation.

The 5th International Conference on Continuous Optimization (Aug 611, 2016), Explicit estimation of KL exponent and linear convergence of 1storder methods.

Trends in Optimization Seminar, UW Seattle (June 8, 2016), Explicit estimation of KL exponent and linear convergence of 1storder methods.

The 5th Workshop on Optimization and Risk Management (June 23, 2016), Explicit estimation of KL exponent and linear convergence of 1storder methods.

The 4th Workshop on Optimization and Risk Management (Dec 1617, 2015), Splitting methods for nonconvex feasibility problems.

ISMP 2015 (July 1217, 2015) Splitting methods for nonconvex feasibility problems.

Tutte Seminar (July 10, 2015) Splitting methods for nonconvex feasibility problems.

Workshop on Optimization and Data Analytics (May 1314, 2015) DouglasRachford splitting for nonconvex feasibility problems.

The 3rd Workshop on Optimization and Risk Management (Oct 2021, 2014), DouglasRachford splitting for nonconvex feasibility problems.

WCOM 2014 Spring (May 3, 2014), Gauge optimization and duality.

WCOM 2013 Autumn (Oct 5, 2013), The proximalproximal gradient algorithm, manuscript, code

Optimization Days (May 68, 2013), Generalized trust region subproblem: analysis and algorithm.

UW Optimization Seminar (Nov 20, 2012), Generalized trust region subproblem.

ISMP 2012 (Aug 1924, 2012), Generalized trust region subproblem: analysis and algorithm.

Tutte Seminar (Nov 4, 2011), Convex relaxations of sensor network localization.

Midwest Optimization Meeting 2011 (Oct 1415, 2011), Efficient solutions for largescale trust region subproblem.

Thesis defense (May 10, 2011), Convex optimization in sensor network localization and multitask learning.

SFU Optimization Seminar (Nov 4, 2010), SOS and SDP relaxations of sensor network localization.

WCOM 2010 (May 9, 2010), ESDP relaxation of sensor network localization: analysis, extensions and algorithm.

Talk at MIT (Nov 19, 2009), ESDP relaxation of sensor network localization: analysis, extensions and algorithm.

ISMP 2009 (Aug 2328, 2009), ESDP relaxation of sensor network localization: analysis, extensions and algorithm.

MOPTA 2008 (Aug 1820, 2008), ESDP relaxation of sensor network localization.

UW Optimization Seminar (June 3, 2008), ESDP relaxation of sensor network localization.
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